Spring time is here, what better time for a weekend break to enjoy it! Escape the city at one of our featured Top 5 Golf and Spa Hotels near London. These are more than just your average golf break. Exciting courses and luxury accommodation with plenty of relaxation and pampering available, it is definitely time to book that weekend break! Often believed to be a male or female dominated domain, golf and spa have often been kept different as guys and girls retreat for their respective lads and ladies weekends. However in recent years some outstanding resorts have come to prominence to combine the two. Golfers will enjoy championship golf while spa goers will relax and enjoy all that the wide ranging, all encompassing spas have to offer – for those seeking the total leisure retreat will divide their time between the two! We take a brief look at what the excellent two leisure pursuits of golf and spa have to offer for those wanting to get away from London for a great weekend escape.
Based in Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, just three miles North West of central Watford, it is the ideal location for a city getaway. The rich greens provide a spectacular course that will not disappoint. The championship course provides a varied par-3, par-4 and par-5 holes that are certainly stimulating for all handicap golfers. As a chosen venue for football teams prior to their trips to Wembley the hotel perfectly combines five star luxury in a relaxed, yet exclusive atmosphere.
The experience continues passed the golf course and to the Hotel. The Grove provides a choice of quality restaurants to choose from; although Colette’s fine dining experience serves food to excite your taste buds. Complete your visit by luxuriating in the spa facilities, which include a beauty salon, Jacuzzi and an indoor swimming pool. The Sequoia Spa is a tranquil place to relax and get away from it all, with a wide range of award winning treatments, it’s easy to see why so many enjoy day spa and spa break packages. Needless to say a break to the Grove ensures that you have escaped the city in style.
Marriott Hanbury Manor
Marriott Hanbury Manor is situated in Ware, Hertfordshire, only 26 miles North of Central London. The stunning course represents the beauty of the walled gardens and the surrounding open land, complete with greens that create an enjoyable, yet testing challenge.
There is a range of restaurants for you to experience. The Zodiac Restaurant serves continental fine dining and boasts 2 AA Rosettes. An informal ambiance and international cuisine can be found in the Oakes Restaurant at Marriott Hanbury Manor. Or if you would prefer, the Oak Hall and Cocktail Bar provide the perfect atmosphere for your relaxing drink or aperitif.
Staying at Marriott Hanbury Manor is without doubt, a luxurious experience which provides for those staying for leisure or corporate reasons. Take advantage of the selection of spa treats, including a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Five Lakes Resort
A mere eight miles North East of Maldon, Five Lakes Resort is located in Tolleshunt Knights, Essex. Five Lakes offers two golf courses for players to enjoy: the Lakes Course is the focal golf course to the resort. Its creation involved input from Neil Coles and includes plenty of hazards to take your score away from old man par. The Links Course may be a little shorter than its more famous golfing sibling; however the challenge is more brain than brawn with accuracy key to beating ones handicap. This 36 hole resort is popular with couples and groups alike, drawn in by the extensive facilities within the four-star resort.
The Camelot Restaurant at Five Lakes Resort serves fresh food from the coast off Essex, including famous Blackwater oysters. Rooms at Five Lakes truly cater to your needs during your stay, and what’s more, the hotel has extra features including a sauna, indoor swimming pool and several sporting facilities to tempt you even more to visit Five Lakes Resort. Having played host previously to many national sporting teams, this golf and spa hotel is one of the best equipped leisure resorts in the UK.
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa
Located in Donnington, Berkshire, only 59 miles west of Central London, Donnington Valley is in a magnificent countryside setting that will entice you away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The golf course builds in difficulty testing your stamina and provides stunning views of the Grade II listed Snelsmore house, which is used as the club house. Your skills will be challenged on the ‘Big Dipper’ 15th hole, which at more than 600 yards will test even the John Daly’s of this world. The course is testing for the more experienced golfer but will be equally enjoyed by those of lesser ability with a passion for a challenge.
The hotel and spa have recently undergone a multi-million pound investment, making your stay a guaranteed luxurious experience. There are several room types all at high quality standards, although the executive rooms are even more lavish for those after the best. There is plenty to do at Donnington Valley; spend your time in the swimming pool, sauna, steam and aromatherapy rooms, amongst other facilities. Without doubt, Donnington Valley is a top quality break from the city!
With a film-star pedigree ranging from rom-com favourite Bridget Jones’ Diary to James Bond, it’s easy to see why Stoke Park fits so perfectly into a golf and spa break. This luxuriant resort is easily accessible for a relaxing break, based in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire and just 23 miles west of central London. The course was listed in the Top 100 Golf courses listed in Golf World 2005; beautifully designed by Harry Shapland Colt and known for its exquisite style. With three nines to enjoy, the 27 hole layout provides a varied challenge for all who play it. The signature hole is found at the par-3 7th which is often considered to be one of Colt’s finest designs, having formed the inspiration for Augusta National’s Golden Bell 12th hole this short hole offers not only a visual but also high tariff test. With water protecting the front of the green and bunkers the rear, it’s easy to see why Mackenzie and Jones replicated this simple yet effective design in their creation of the 12th at Augusta National.
The hotel at Stoke Park has a total of 49 rooms split between The Mansion and The Pavilion, all of which provide the best facilities to ensure you have the most relaxing stay. There are three choices for dining at Stoke Park, including the Dining Room for modern cuisine with beautiful views and San Marco for Italian dishes to delight. The Spa facilities at Stoke Park include a sauna, Jacuzzi, massages amongst other treats for a fabulous break away from the city. Boasting its own spa brand in the opulent SPC products, guests are assured a five-star spa break that they will not forget.
For more information on golf and spa breaks simply visit www.yourgolftravel.com or www.spabreaks.com who will be able to provide a host of great value packages to London, the UK, Europe and beyond.
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